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    Source: https://nationalpost.com/pmn/health-...ts-of-santiago


    Chile´s poor clash with police amid concerns over food shortages in outskirts of Santiago
    Reuters
    May 18, 2020
    4:39 PM EDT

    SANTIAGO — Police and protesters clashed in Santiago on Monday amid a city-wide lockdown meant to stem the spread of the coronavirus as local officials warned that food shortages had hit one of the Chilean capital´s poorest neighborhoods.

    A group of protesters threw rocks, shouted and burned piles of wood along a street in the destitute neighborhood on Santiago’s southern fringe. Images on social media and local television showed police spraying tear gas and water cannons to disperse the growing crowd.

    The municipality said in a statement that families were going hungry in the poorest sectors of El Bosque, a neighborhood where many work informally, or not at all. The city district has been under quarantine since mid-April, city officials said in a statement...
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